Hepatobiliary and Pancreas Surgery

The University of Arizona Department of Surgery Hepatopancreaticobiliary Program treats the complex and often interrelated conditions of the liver, pancreas, gallbladder, and biliary system. Our interdisciplinary services draw on expertise from the fields of surgery, transplantation, oncology, hepatology, gastroenterology, radiology, radiation therapy, anesthesia, pain management, and pediatrics. If cancer is diagnosed, the HPC Center collaborates closely with the Arizona Cancer Center, one of 39 comprehensive cancer centers in the U.S. and the only in Arizona designated by the National Cancer Institute.

About 50 to 75 pancreatic resection surgeries and Whipple procedures for pancreatic cancer are done each year at Banner – UMC Tucson as well as at least 100 endoscopic ultrasounds specifically to track pancreatic cystic neoplasms. This is out of 600-800 endoscopic ultrasound procedures annually.

Our program focuses on the multidisciplinary treatment of pancreatitis, treating the “whole patient” with a focus on best possible outcomes and improved quality of life. The criteria to be an approved NPF referral treatment center were developed by a team of outside experts and patient advocates and include having designated core personnel such as a program director, social workers, psychiatrists, dietitians, gastroenterologists, pathologists, interventional radiologists, endocrinologists, dietitians, pain specialists, and pancreaticobiliary surgeons.